Under the banner, ‘facing the fight of the century’, Green MEP Molly Scott Cato, today attended a debate and question and answer session on climate change in London. The European Parliament recently adopted a mandate for its delegation to the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris in December, calling for a 40% cut in greenhouse gas emissions; 40% better energy efficiency and a 30% target for renewables by 2030.
Dr Scott Cato joined a panel of other politicians, representatives of companies, non-profit associations and Gilles Pargneaux MEP, who drew up the European Parliament’s resolution on climate change. The debate included discussions on what the Paris Conference means for economies and societies in Europe and worldwide. Molly Scott Cato is especially concerned about the financing of policies to tackle carbon emissions. She said:
“I’m optimistic we will get an historic agreement in Paris. But the COP21 negotiations must be more than targets and pledges; we will need to see some concrete policies agreed to make the reductions in carbon emissions real. The stumbling block is likely to be around climate finance. We need rich counties, particularly those in Europe, to make up for their historic emissions by offering free technological transfer to poorer countries to allow them a low carbon path to human development.”
This is the first of several events Dr Scott Cato will be involved in in the run-up to the COP21 negotiations. Greens believe that tackling climate change is critically urgent and want to see an ambitious agreement that ensures the climate is held below 2°C of warming.